February 12, 2011
If you live in Melbourne or are planning a visit, a fabulous (and totally cute) website to check out is Little Eats. Little Eats is the brainchild of Jemma Reynolds -- a self confessed foodie, critique and 'super-mum' to 2 pre-schoolers. Let's face it -- dining out with kids in tow can be fraught... fraught with fear, trepidation, ...
Super cute name labels from Mooo
January 25, 2011
Summer holidays are coming to an end (phew -- I need a break from all the cleaning and washing a 'stayvacation' entails). Aussie children are back to school, the start of a brand new school year. And that means labels. Lot's of them. Especially for my son who starts his very first year of school (so exciting) and who ...
January 7, 2011
Caftan-lover like myself? Well... look no further than Australian bohemian-inspired webshop Rock My Horse because their caftans are AMAZINGLY gorgeous! At this time of the year (it's Summer here folks) my kids are in and out of pools and sprinkler systems every 2 minutes and running around in next to nothing. Caftans are the coolest, ...
donna hay kid's magazine
January 4, 2011
I think the time has come to introduce my party bible! It is none other than the superb Donna Hay Kid's magazine! What a treat! Eye-candy from the first to the last page; the photography is so stunning. Choc-full of children's party themes, recipes and ideas, it all appears so effortlessly stylish. I particularly love Donna's tips on how to make cakes look half way ...
Tiny People, Byron Bay
December 29, 2010
If only my daughter still let me dress her! Isn't this little jumpsuit totally gorgeous? It is by sweet Aussie brand fabric from a shop called TinyPeople . Tiny People is in the eclectic town of Byron Bay on the far north coast of NSW. Byron Bay is quite a hippie little town. Think 'bohemian cool' ... locals ...
HOME AND DéCOR
December 21, 2010
This moose head (it is a moose, isn't it?) I am desperate to acquire. Well...desperately hoping to acquire that is as I haven't yet investigated matters of cost. I think it will look gorgeous on the blank wall above my son's bed (provided it doesn't inspire nightmares, mind you). New York-based, Israeli-born Tamar Mogendorff is the mega-talented artist behind this and ...
darling, It's a Masterpiece!
November 24, 2010
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this brilliant placemat drawing kit from Aussie online store gadgetking. How totally cool is the wooden frame on the blank canvas? Great for kid's parties, to keep kids entertained at restaurants or just to keep them occupied whilst you‘re preparing dinner. It is called 'meal time masterpiece' but I personally would be reticent ...
TOYS & GAMES
Favourite Toys : Just what the Doctor Ordered!
November 18, 2010
This classic doctor's bag has been, I am guessing, our most enduring, regularly used toy. Of course it helps that it is made of wood and not plastic and has withstood the test of time, over-zealous budding anesthetists included (that would be my son I am referring to!) My daughter was gifted her kit when she turned 3 and the role-playing ...
I heart moccasins
November 17, 2010
I absolutely LOVE moccasins. I always have. I especially love mocs that are made of soft, buttery leather like these handmade beauties by the uber talented Susan Peterson of Freshly Picked. Aren't they just irresistible? And so, so cool! My kids have worn moccasins since they were babies and I am starting to notice them everywhere these days. To me they ...
HOME AND DéCOR
once upon a fold...
November 11, 2010
If you are a 'paperphile' (aka 'paper - lover') or even just a paper craft enthusiast you must check out Aussie online boutique upon a fold for its brilliantly curated collection of papery goodness! This gorgeous little shop showcases paper artistry from all around the world, particularly from Japan where 'paper' is big business. From beautiful jewellery and pretty stationery to fun paper planes ...
Some MOR pampering please!
November 2, 2010
Ok, I admit to a shameless obsession with beautiful packaging, even for the most mundane of items. There is an Australian brand, MOR cosmetics, which causes me to positively swoon... though there is nothing mundane about these decadent products. Inspired by traditional apothecary and the blending of age-old and contemporary ingredients, MOR's lotions, aromatic oils and candles make ...
Witchery for Kids
October 25, 2010
Spring is in the air! I can feel it. Well kind of. It's my eyes and nose, as hayfever takes hold. The weather is still very cool -- unseasonally so. And, after a particularly cold winter (by southern hemisphere standards) we are all psyched for some summer sun and fun....With this in mind I have just checked out the recently ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Retro-inspired Personalized Lunchboxes
October 11, 2010
These gorgeous personalised lunchboxes by Feterie are high on my birthday list for my children this year. With a bit of a retro-cool vibe, they are of lightweight tin construction and as functional as they are stylish. I think they'd be great for toting around paper and coloured pencils too, or whatever knick-knacks it is kids love to ...
Give good Karma -- the best gift of all
October 5, 2010
Did you know that each year in Australia close to $1 billion is spent on unwanted gifts that end up in storage, in the bin and ultimately in landfill? Isn't it crazy? Such awful wastage! That's exactly how Melbournite Ashley Rosshandler felt before setting up the Karma Currency Foundation and launched Australia's first Online Charity Gift Voucher. ...
Melbourne's top 10 in Caos Magazine!
September 23, 2010
Recently, wonderful Spanish magazine Caos asked Babyccino if we could compile a list of the 10 top things to do when visiting the city of Melbourne. We were very excited to oblige! Here is the list written up which was of course then translated into Spanish (and which, most will agree, makes everything sound just ...
September 2, 2010
No matter the weather, every Friday after school my children and I head down to Igloo Zoo for a fix of creamy frozen yogurt. YUM-OH! We patiently wait behind the hoards of teenage schoolkids who are equally excited. It is pure decadence and relatively sinless (I figure) given that it is made with real yogurt ...
Weebits -- Beautiful Knitwear for Babies
August 25, 2010
Gosh, I am a sucker for beautiful knitwear -- for myself and my kids. When I discovered Weebits at Magnolia Square recently I was mesmerized by the quality, texture, colors and design and just a tiny bit peeved that they didn't come in sizes big enough for us! Pure merino wool from New Zealand is ...
Native shoes in mini sizes
August 20, 2010
I am so excited... I just discovered that Little Fashion Gallery are stocking Native shoes in mini sizes! I have long been bemoaning the fact that these cool shoes didn't come in kids sizes and...well...here they are! The perfect summer holiday shoe in my opinion -- so versatile, so robust with the utility of a ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
August 16, 2010
I love, love, love this! I keep berating myself for having not conjured it up in one of my brainstorming sessions (honestly I am still hopeful that one day I will invent the next 'lego'). In the meantime, I just marvel at gems like these... it reminds me that the simplest of ideas are the ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Little Nutty Helmets -- for the coolest bikey in town
August 9, 2010
Nutcase is the maker of awesome helmets and their Little Nutty line caters the under five set. In Oz it is legal requirement to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle and given that so many are so cringe worthy (seriously lacking in the style stakes) these make me so very excited to hop on ...
HOME AND DéCOR
Ubabub -- a cot that is uber cool!
August 3, 2010
I can't speak for elsewhere in the world but in Australia the nursery furniture market seems dominated with traditional slat style cots -- with an occasional cool Scandinavian design thrown into the mix. Now, talented duo from Melbourne, Natasha and Daniel Dumais, have brought to the market some distinctly modern designs with their Ubabub range, ...
The Perfect First Shoe
July 30, 2010
I am indeed a big shoe fan, especially when I come across shoes as adorable and as clever in design as these! Handmade from one piece of leather and with no seamline, these All About Heidi shoes are ingenious... yet they look beautifully raw. Created by a mum from Bondi Beach in Sydney, they are ...
CRAFTS AND DIY
A quick word on Baker's Twine
July 27, 2010
I have a bit of an obsession with baker's twine. I ordered 4 huge spools of it a few months ago and I am looking around for more. Now I'm no crafty, but even I can think of a million uses. In fact, we seem to be using it in some shape or form at ...
July 20, 2010
A playhouse that is portable, practically indestructible and NOT made of plastic! I'm so excited by this new discovery! Isn't it great? New Zealand architect, Robin Hannah, set about constructing a nifty slot-together version for her kids way back in the '70s and well ... fast forward and she’s kindly decided to not only repeat ...